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Who: SentriLock is the official lockbox solution for NAR. As the leading electronic lockbox manufacturer and provider of property access management solutions, SentriLock operates in support of REALTORS® and the industry, offering an easy to use, reliable and secure system. Fundamental core values guide every action and decision to provide the best service and experience for your benefit. 

What: The SentriLock Bluetooth® REALTOR® Lockbox is the most secure, durable, and versatile within the industry. SentriLock’s reliable, multiple key access method, including via mobile app or keycard, helps to efficiently gain property access.

SentriKey Real Estate App


SentriLock is always finding new ways to improve its functions and features. The popular SentriSmart® app has been enhanced and renamed the SentriKey™ Real Estate app. Members can now enjoy an app with a more action-based layout, easier access to showing reports, and enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity that will especially please Android users. Learn more through this helpful tutorial.

To help you help your members get the most out of this member benefit, SentriLock offers an online marketing toolkit that includes ready-made flyers, social media posts, newsletter content, and graphics. Access resources .

How: Additional information about SentriLock’s lockbox and services is available at sentrilock.com

 

Associations: Contact SentriLock directly at 866-736-2322, email [email protected] or visit sentrilock.com/pages/contact-us

Brokers/Agents: SentriLock contracts with local REALTOR® Associations or MLSs to provide its products and services to REALTORS®. You can purchase lockboxes through your local Association or MLS, who can then authorize you to use the SentriKey™ Real Estate app, which allows you to manage your lockbox inventory, generate secure One Day Codes for access to your lockboxes, view access logs, and control your personal settings related to lockbox features and more.

Technical Support: Visit sentrilock.com/pages/contact-us and click Contact Support for issue-specific support or connect with SentriLock at 877-736-8745, or [email protected].

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SentriKey Mobile App vs. SentriCard
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